AFRAID to DIE or AFRAID to LIVE
By: Marcus Lacewell
It seems that many people SAY that they are not afraid to die. Yet, life is meant to be a gift.
Life is meant to be a present. The past HELPS formulate your present. And, your present formulates your future. So, your future is being determined by what you do today. That's what living is all about. Life is meant to be hard, so one can not be afraid to 'go through' hardships to reach their desired future. Normally, when someone says that they are not afraid to die, they, usually, feel that they have encountered enough hardships in the past and are 'afraid' of the hardships that the future may hold.
Many times, it takes a 'near-death' experience to allow a person to 'let-go' of their past and look towards the future. (An old Cherokee saying says that a near-death experience cleances the soul.) Often, it takes a person to be 'face-to-face' with death to, REALLY, experience the fears of life and death.
Many times, it takes one to experience bad enough hardships, in the past and present, to prepare them of future hardships HELPING to release the fear of life. I say, 'experience hardships,' because experiencing hardships are constant. But, 'going through' hardships are variable. Usually, not being afraid to die points to the undesire to 'go-through' experienced hardships. Normally, past and present, hardships assists in a 'more-stable' future.
Yet, it is not as easy to remember the 'good' effects of hardships as it is to remember the 'bad' effects. Life is an atmosphere for continuous learning. So, if we do not learn from the hardships, that we have experienced, we will continuously experience similar hardships. So, when one says that they are not afraid to die, are they really displaying their unwillingness to learn from hardships? Unlearn.